Texas is the only state in the U.S. where the flu is considered "widespread," according to the Centers for Disease Control. East Texas is definitely a hot bed for the flu. Hospital officials say the flu has started cropping up in patients 30-45 days earlier this year than last year. They also say the trend they're seeing is not just individual cases, but a case where a child gets the virus at school, brings it home, and gets the rest of the family sick. Doctors encourage flu shots, but even a shot doesn't guarantee you won't get the flu.